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UK Officials May Take Four ‘Obese’ Children From Parents


"To face a future where we will never see them again is unbearable."

Scottish officials say they may take four heavy children away from their parents after warnings to help their kids trim down have apparently failed.

The children are aged one to 11. The parents are obese and have three older children who are also heavy. For the past two years, the family has lived in government housing and had their eating habits scrutinized.

"We might not be the perfect parents, but we love our children with all our hearts," said the 42-year-old mother to the Daily Mail. "To face a future where we will never see them again is unbearable."

"We have tried very hard to do everything that was asked of us. My wife has cooked healthy foods like home-made spaghetti bolognese and mince and potatoes but nothing we’ve done has ever been enough," said the 56-year-old father to the French Tribune.

Last week, officials in Dundee told the family their four youngest children could be taken into foster care or adopted. A government spokesman said they would act in the children's best interests.

In the U.S., there have been several cases where obese children have been taken into care after their parents couldn't help them lose weight according to the Associated Press.

The parents plan to fight the government decision to try and remove their children.

The couple are not guilty of any crime and have faced no accusations of deliberate abuse or cruelty reports the Telegraph:

"Critics said the case, which is without precedent in Britain, was a serious breach of the family's human rights and exposed the worrying extent to which the State can interfere in family life."

What do you think? Is taking the kids away in the children's best interest, or cruel and textbook nanny-state?

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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